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England’s 5 best players to miss out on tournaments after Lingard snub

England manager Gareth Southgate has decided to omit Manchester United ‘s Jesse Lingard from his final 26-man squad for the Euros.

Lingard is one of the unfortunate players to have been cut from the 33-man provisional squad, with Southgate opting to take four right backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James ahead of him.

The United man left Old Trafford for West Ham on loan in January, having struggled for form over the past season-and-a-half. But a return of nine goals and five assists in 16 Premier League appearances saw him make Southgate’s provisional squad.

However his recent upturn in form wasn’t enough to make the final 26 and Lingard will spend the summer alone.

With that in mind, Mirror Football has taken a look back at five other players who were unlucky to have been left out of England squads.

Jesse Lingard was left out of Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man England squad for Euro 2020

Paul Gascoigne

Perhaps the most infamous snub occurred when Glenn Hoddle left Gascoigne out of his England squad for the 1998 World Cup.

After he was told he would not be going to France, Gazza is said to have smashed up Hoddle’s hotel room.

Ian Wright later recalled helping Hoddle tidy his room, telling the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast: “I was in next. I thought Glen was calling me in to tell me that he’s not taking me for some reason but he called me in to tell me that he was and what he wanted me to do.

“I remember when I went in and we were actually talking about me being in the squad while cleaning the room up and fixing the mattress. Me and the gaffer were talking about what he needed from me and Michael [Owen] all the time while we’re tidying the room up – things had been smashed to bits!

“I was embarrassed because I was thinking about how the gaffer had to deal with Gazza going mad in the room. I just naturally went in and started helping tidy stuff up.”

Paul Gascoigne left out of the 1998 World Cup squad by Glenn Hoddle
Paul Gascoigne was left out of the 1998 World Cup squad by Glenn Hoddle

Matt Le Tissier

The Southampton legend’s entire international career is something of an anomaly, with Le Tissier earning just eight England caps in total.

Like Gascoigne, Le Tissier missed out on a place in England’s squad for the 1998 World Cup and never represented his country again.

At the time, Hoddle said: “Matthew can only really play in one position. He was very close to the squad but at the end of the day he has not done enough to force his way in.”

Le Tissier later told the Daily Mail that he felt snubbing the chance to speak to Hoddle in 1995 when he attempted to sign him for Chelsea contributed to his omission.

“I said there’s no point, I’ve made up my mind,” Le Tissier said. “So I didn’t speak to him. Then he became England manager and left me out of the 1998 World Cup squad! Not one of my best career decisions.

“Probably what I would advise in that situation is just have a chat. Alan Ball was my manager at Southampton, I was happy as Larry. I just didn’t feel like I wanted to go anywhere. I’d scored 55 goals in the two previous seasons.

“It might have made a difference, might have meant we got off on a better footing when he called me up to the international stage. He became Southampton manager after the England job as well. Again, we were a bit fraught in our relationship.”

Darren Bent

Despite scoring 18 goals for Charlton in the Premier League, Bent was left out of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Only Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored more league goals than Bent that season, but Eriksson decided to give a shock call-up to teenager Theo Walcott instead.

Bent later said : “I was always under the illusion that you put the work in, you score the goals, you play well and you get picked for your country.

“It wasn’t even the fact that I didn’t get picked, it was who went ahead of me. [It was] Theo Walcott, who hadn’t played a game in the Premier League. I think that’s what really done it for me.”

Jermain Defoe

Defoe also missed out on Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, only making the stand-by list.

“I don’t know why I’m not out there,” Defoe said at the time. “I’ve been involved in every squad for the last two years and feel I’ve played a part in helping us to qualify.

“I have never felt fitter and sharper than I was in training and believe I could have scored goals in the tournament. It’s a strange decision and everybody I speak to thinks so as well.”

He was also left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the 2014 World-Cup after joining MLS side Toronto FC, again making the stand-by list.

Jermain Defoe missed out on several major tournaments

“I don’t think I’ll ever be at peace with it,” Defoe said of the omission.

Hodgson again snubbed Defoe from his Euro 2016 squad, despite the forward’s impressive goalscoring form for Sunderland.

He said: “I’ve always thought that getting into an England squad before a tournament is based on merit. As a forward if you score goals then you’ve got a chance of going.

“So obviously, when you’re not in the squad, it’s a disappointment.”

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Rio Ferdinand

Although Hodgson insisted that Ferdinand was left out of his Euro 2012 squad “for footballing reasons”, his omission did avoid the potential conflict of him being part of a squad which included John Terry.

Terry was due to stand trial later that year after being charged with a racially aggravated public order offence for allegedly racially abusing Rio’s brother, Anton.

Despite Hodgson’s insistence the situation had nothing to do with Rio’s absence from the England squad, his decision to call up Martin Kelly as an injury replacement for Gary Cahill raised further doubts.

Ferdinand’s representative, Jamie Moralee, told BBC Sport : “It’s a lack of respect. He wants to play. Rio’s very disappointed. He thought he had done enough. It’s very difficult to accept.

“This is a player with 81 caps for his country. I don’t know anyone who understands it. It’s not been handled in the right way.”




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